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Crataegus Crus galli

Crataegus Crus-galli, the Cockspur or Newcastle Thorn, forms a low tree with glossy, obovate leaves and white flowers followed by deep red fruits. The branches are armed with long, strong thorns.

There are several varieties, of which arbutifolia, linearis, ovalifolia, prunifolia, and splendens are the best. The last two are the best of all.

During autumn the leaves colour brilliantly, the effect being heightened by the bright red fruit.

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